Chamaedorea seifrizii or the Bamboo palm is a lush green plant which adds a dash of freshness wherever it is grown. It is easy to grow and often adorns gardens, rooms or offices.
When you are purchasing the plant make sure that it is a healthy plant. If the leaves are dark green and the plant stands erect then you are good to go.
The plant should be fertilized during the growing season should be watered adequately.
The plant should be watered when the surface of the soil feels dry using filtered water at room temperature. The soil should be evenly moist and not waterlogged. The gardener should ensure that the water is being drained properly.
The bamboo palm should not be kept under direct sunlight. They should be kept in bright but indirect sunlight. The plant grows well in temperatures between 65-80 degrees Fahrenheit. These plants are mainly indoor plants and thus should be exposed to minimal sunlight.
Bamboo palm should be planted in a well-drained soil. It should be rich in organics. A well-drained peat-based potting soil is ideal.
The plant should be transplanted immediately after purchase. The pot should have drainage holes which are to be covered with hardware cloth.
The pot should be filled with soil up to a quarter before the sapling is planted. Then the remaining pot should be filled.
The newly planted sapling should be watered with filtered water immediately.
In case of indoor plants, a diluted liquid fertilizer like 15-15-15 should be used. They should be applied once a month.
In case of outdoor plants, a slow release fertilizer can be used which is rich in manganese and other essential micronutrients. They can be applied every three months during the growth season.
Other than mites or mealybugs, the plant does not suffer from major pest or disease problems.
If the plant is infested with mites then the backside of the leaf should be washed with soapy water. In case of mealybugs, however, the damaged portion has to be pruned.
The brown or yellow tips of the leaves should be cut off. Also, the dried fronds or bare stalks should be removed. The grower should also cut off the dead leaves from the base of the stem.
The bamboo plants is usually used for ornamental purposes. They add freshness and warmth wherever they are grown.